Opera Philadelphia to Celebrate Eight Composers With Special Concert

Opera Philadelphia is set to celebrate a decade of new opera with a special concert on March 18, 2023. The showcase will bring together eight resident composers and spotlight their music. Among the composers who will be celebrated are  Lembit Beecher, Courtney Bryan, David Hertzberg, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Rene Orth, and Tyshawn Sorey. The performance will feature such artists as Lawrence Brownlee, who will {…}

Q & A: Composer Lembit Beecher Talks About His New Song Cycle ‘A Year to the Day’

Photo: Jamie Jung American composer Lembit Beecher has collaborated with librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell to write “A Year to the Day,” a new song cycle rooted in, but not about, the pandemic. The concept was Campbell’s, and it was he who approached the composer. Together, they wrote six songs, along with five instrumental interludes for tenor Nicholas Phan, violinist Augustin Hadelich, {…}

Maggie Finnegan, Kindra Scharich, Bradley Kynard to Headline Opera Parallèle’s Production of ‘Sophia’s Forest’

Opera Parallèle is set to present the west coast premiere of “Sophia’s Forest” this February. The one-act opera by Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch, will star Maggie Finnegan, Kindra Scharich, Bradley Kynard, Victoria Ko, Samantha Fung-Lee, and actor Charlotte Fanvu. Nicole Paiement will conduct a production directed by Brian Staufenbiel. “Sophia’s Forest” focuses on the trauma experienced by immigrant families {…}